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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs City Commissioners and Mayor Chris Alahouzos were updated with new information about the Anclote River maintenance dredge by project manager Robert Robertson and Pantelis Klonaris, chairman of the Marine Commerce Committee, during the June 21 commission meeting.

The dredge would be a federally authorized project, with all operations and maintenance responsibilities assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Robertson said.
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TARPON SPRINGS - During a presentation to the Tarpon Springs City Commission, Tuesday, June 21, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art asked commissioners for a $10,000 gift to aid in museum programs.

“For 14 years now, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art has provided imaginative, culturally diverse programing to Tarpon Springs,” said Connor Davis, LRMA development officer.

LRMA is located on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, which serves 65,000 students annually, according to Davis.
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TARPON SPRINGS - A 30-inch Pinellas County sewer force main in Tarpon Springs that was damaged as the result of a sinkhole will be repaired beginning Monday, July 11.

As a result of sinkhole activity, the county’s sewer force main on Mango Street was originally damaged on Wednesday, March 30. Pinellas County Utilities crews completed a temporary bypass repair on April 2. The city of Tarpon Springs then took over to stabilize the sinkhole.

Pinellas County Utilities customers should not experience any change in service as permanent repairs are completed. Additional information will be posted on pinel­lasco­unty.­org/u­tilit­ies.
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Thursday, June 2
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TARPON SPRINGS - At Currents Restaurant on June 9, a meet-and-greet was held welcoming the new Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce President Lacey Ekberg.

Mayor Chris Alahouzos, former Mayor Archie David Archie, local business heads, city commissioners and members of the city chamber and Rotary attended to network and get to know the new president.

Ekberg, who was most recently the president of the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, has only been in the position two weeks but has already explained what government, business owners and residents can expect from her, describing her personality as “blunt.”
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TARPON SPRINGS - In an effort to provide a more open and transparent government, the city of Tarpon Springs has launched a Financial Transparency Tool available on the city site.

The city has now made five years of budget information public through the online interactive resource that allows residents to easily see how their tax money is being budgeted.

The site allows users choose exactly what financial report they would like to view: the annual report, water and sewer fund report or the general fund report.
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Tarpon Springs - Dressed in purple and adorned with a matching tiara, Nana Higgins was the center of attention at the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club, Sunday May 22, one day shy of her 100th birthday.

Born Charlotte Mae Sarment in Boston, Massachusetts, May 21, 1916, Higgins celebrated her big day with family and friends.

Higgins moved to New Port Richey in 1921 with her parents and brother. She later moved to Tarpon Springs at age 16 and married her husband Elber “Jiggs” Thomas Higgins in 1932. Together they had seven children.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Sweet-E’s Gourmet Popcorn - a family-owned, wholesale and retail popcorn store and production facility located in historic Downtown Tarpon Springs - will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 30.

The business began as a mobile and online kettle corn vendor in January 2014.

Now, shoppers will experience a Key West-themed storefront with many gourmet popcorn flavors to choose from, such as key lime, pineapple, pina colada, and various chocolate-drizzles. Other popular flavors are the Tampa Bay Mix, which consists of candied caramel crunch and cheddar cheese, and the Greek popcorn - with real feta cheese, oregano and lemon.
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Thursday, June 2
TARPON SPRINGS - Due to critically low supplies, the City of Tarpon Springs will be implementing Phase III reclaimed water usage restrictions, starting June 3, until seasonal rain replenishes supplies. 

These restrictions are expected to continue for about three to four weeks until the normal rainy season begins.

Reclaimed water service will not be available from 12.01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning Friday, June 3.
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Wednesday, June 1
TARPON SPRINGS - The Public Services Department, Wastewater Collection Division, will be performing sewer line testing for leaks by means of smoke testing in various areas of the city of Tarpon Springs.

Testing is scheduled on Friday June 3, and will effect residents living on Meyers Lane only. Residents in the area of testing will receive door hangers prior to the testing in their neighborhood.

The purpose of the testing is to identify areas where storm-water may be intruding into the wastewater treatment system. Customers are encouraged to call the city of Tarpon Springs Wastewater Collection Division office at 727-942-5616 for any additional information they might need.
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